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NJ Democrat Still Hospitalized After Last Week’s Cardiac Episode

Rep. Donald Payne Jr. (Credits: New Jersey Globe)

Rep. Donald Payne Jr. (D-N.J.) remains hospitalized and in stable condition after experiencing a cardiac episode last week, according to his office on Wednesday.

The congressman’s office stated, “Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. suffered a cardiac episode based on complications from his diabetes last week. Today, he is in stable condition at a local hospital and continues to be under doctor’s care. While we hope for a full recovery, we ask everyone to keep him in your prayers.”

No specific timeline for his hospital stay was provided.

This update follows an earlier statement from Payne’s office indicating a positive prognosis and expectation of a full recovery, with the congressman undergoing routine exams to monitor his health.

Donald Payne Jr. (Credits: The Hill)

Payne, aged 65, has represented New Jersey’s 10th Congressional District since 2013, covering parts of Essex, Hudson, and Union counties.

Currently running unopposed in the state’s Democratic primary on June 4, Payne’s absence coincides with Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) aiming to advance a foreign aid package through the House. With Rep. Mike Gallagher‘s (R-Wis.) departure from Congress on Friday, House Republicans will be left with 217 members, while Democrats will have 212.

Payne’s hospitalization serves as a reminder of the health challenges many face, especially those managing chronic conditions like diabetes. His experience highlights the importance of regular monitoring and proactive care in managing such conditions.

As colleagues and constituents express their support and well-wishes for Payne’s recovery, the congressman’s absence may impact legislative proceedings in the House. However, his office has not provided details on how long he is expected to remain hospitalized or the potential impact on his duties as a congressman.

Donald Payne (Credits: NBC News)

Despite this setback, Payne’s reelection bid remains uncontested in the upcoming Democratic primary, providing some stability despite the uncertainty surrounding his health.

In the meantime, Speaker Johnson’s efforts to move forward with a foreign aid package may face additional challenges with fewer House Republicans available to vote. However, the exact implications of Payne’s absence on legislative matters remain to be seen as the situation continues to develop.

As Payne focuses on his recovery, the outpouring of support from colleagues, constituents, and well-wishers underscores the importance of community and solidarity during challenging times.

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